Thousands Evacuated as Devastating Floods Hit China, North Korea Anew

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BEIJING (AFP) - More than 120,000 people have been evacuated in northeast China following devastating floods that have already left four dead and forced the relocation of thousands in neighboring North Korea.

Heavy summer downpours have swelled to bursting point the Yalu river, which forms the border between the two countries, and forecasters are warning of yet more heavy rain to come.

China's civil affairs ministry said late Saturday that 127,000 people had been evacuated in Liaoning province in just three days due to heavy rains, as the nation continued to struggle against its worst floods in a decade.

In Dandong city alone, a border town with North Korea, more than 64,000 residents were evacuated and some power and transport links were cut off, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

A couple in their 70s and a mother and son died in Kuandian county, around 100 kilometers northeast of Dandong, when flash floods swept away their homes, Xinhua said, citing a local flood control official.

A 60-year-old man was also missing in Kuandian after his house collapsed in a rain-triggered landslide. …